NWS: Bundle up and prepare for strong winds, cold weather
The National Weather Service in Brownsville is warning residents of high winds as the year’s first cold front blows in unusually early, placing homeless people and undocumented immigrants trying to sneak into the county through remote areas at a risk of exposure.
Meteorologist Robert Frye said the cold front will arrive sometime between Monday afternoon and evening.
“It’s going to be pretty brisk. You’re definitely going to know it,” Frye said. “There are huge drops in temperature.”
Frye said that temperatures in Brownsville will be in the lower 40s by Tuesday morning and won’t even make it back into the 50s, with a forecast high of 49 degrees.
However, along with that cold, Frye said there will be strong winds.
“The big story will not be the rain. It will probably be the wind,” Frye said, adding that there may be a scattered shower here and there, but nothing severe.
Expect any remaining Halloween decorations or unsecured trash cans to blow around. High-profile vehicles should take caution on the roads, especially on Interstate 2 north, because of expected 30 to 35 mph winds.
Anyone driving to South Padre Island tonight should keep both hands on the wheel as wind gusts at the Queen Isabella Causeway could reach 50 mph, Frye said.
“Since this is the first time we’re going to be dropping so low, we’re trying to get the message across the exposure is going to be a big thing,” Frye said.
Those wind gusts could place wind chill temperatures as lows as the 20s.
“I know the calendar says that in November typically we don’t get this cold, but it’s a perfect setup across deep South Texas for a pretty dramatic cool down,” Frye said.
The Rio Grande Valley could even be setting some record lows this week, Frye said.